You Are Welcome Here!

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As our “Welcome” page states, Burlington Friends Meeting is a faith community rooted in the principles of the Religious Society of Friends, the Quakers. Our worship is based on silence, worshipfully waiting for the spirit to speak to us. Sometimes, one or more attenders feel moved to speak from the silence, and sometimes the entire hour passes in silence. For a more detailed description about what goes on during a meeting for worship download this document.

We have a children’s “first day school” that meets on the second and fourth Sunday mornings of each month, and we offer child care when needed; click the link for details.

Like any other organization, a Quaker meeting has business to attend to, not only the mundane tasks of finance or building and grounds maintenance, but also our business with the wider world: how do we put our faith to work. Quakers try to reach spirit-led decisions about both kinds of business, and discerning these leadings happens in a meeting for worship with a concern for business (often just called “business meeting”), held once a month. For details on how we conduct business, look here.

If you’ve never been to a Quaker meeting before, you might find this short video helpful

“The Religious Society of Friends,” our formal name, has many branches and supports many organizations. For details see Quaker organizations and other handy Quaker-related links. You can get a very quick once-over on Quaker history by looking at this page on “Who are the Quakers?”

If you have more specific questions, feel free to reach out to our presiding co-clerks, Helen Head, 802-862-2267 and Abby Matchette, 765-618-8936, e-mail‬